STUDENTS at Hamilton Special Developmental School will be in for a surprise when they return in the New Year.
Gone will be the old, dated playground equipment which has served the school for more than 10 years, replaced by a new modern structure.
Volunteers from the Rotary Club of Hamilton and mining company Iluka have dismantled the old equipment, a move welcomed by the school’s principal, Cameron Peverett.
“The existing playground equipment, which has been here since the school stated in 1992, has basically come to the end of its life,” Mr Peverett said.
“We’re ready to put in some disability-focused, disability friendly equipment that is more tailored to the kids’ physical and social needs.
“We’re absolutely stoked Rotary has got involved. We’ve developed a bit of a relationship with some of the members and they cook the barbecue for us at the end of year assembly.
“We’re also happy to see the Iluka guys here helping out.”
Mr Peverett said the school would have 38 students in 2014 and enrolment numbers were continually growing.
Full story in The Spectator on Tuesday, December 31, 2013.